- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a man in his cousin’s stabbing death on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Ryan Ironroad, 26, of Cannon Ball is charged with felony murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in the death of Clay Hagel, 29, of Fort Yates.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs dispatcher received a report of a stabbing at a residence on Nov. 22, according to a criminal complaint. The incident occurred as Hagel and others were making dinner, it said.

Witnesses told police a disguised man, later identified as Ironroad, demanded money before cutting Hagel on the arm and stabbing him in the stomach with a large serrated knife. Hagel died the following day at a local hospital.

During a Nov. 26 police interview, Ironroad admitted to visiting the Fort Yates residence on the day Hagel was killed, but denied stabbing his cousin, authorities said. Ironroad said he went to the house so he could find a man with whom he had been in an argument with and wanted to lure the man to a spot where Ironroad could attack him, according to authorities.



Ironroad denied stabbing Hagel a second time during a Dec. 1 police interview, documents said. After listening to audio from one of the interviews, two witnesses identified Ironroad as the man who stabbed Hagel.

Ironroad was arrested Dec. 11 and is being held in the Burleigh County jail. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

Both Hagel and Ironroad are members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

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